... For finally getting another extra-base hit and ending a nearly 2-month drought without one! Well done, Ichiro. Well done indeed.
His triple to center field to lead off the bottom of the 5th last night was Ichiro's first of the season. It was also his first XBH since May 3rd, when he had 2 doubles against the Rays. That's a stretch of 115 plate appearances, 56 calendar days, and exactly 50 games between XBHs, which is almost impressive. You'd think someone with Ichiro's "speed" would be able to leg out a bloop double at some point over a 56-day span, but he found a way to not even hit enough bloopers for one to drop into a favorable spot. Helluva job by a world-class hitter to keep a streak like that going.
For those keeping track, Ichiro's season batting line is down to .297/.349/.335. He's hitting .268/.303/.296 in the month of June, his production regressing back to a more appropriate level now that he's playing every day. Just another friendly reminder to all the Ichiro lovers out there that he's washed up and to the Yankee front office that it's never a good idea to sign a no-power hitter in his late 30s to a multi-year deal.